1. The House and Senate passed the NECA-supported omnibus funding bill, House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1625 - Consolidated Appropriations Act.President Trump is threatening to veto the bill because it does not include full funding for the border wall and does not address DACA recipients.
NECA’s Look Ahead: This legislation was critical to the continuation operation of the federal government. In addition to some of the highlights featured in our letter to Capitol Hill, NECA will release an in-depth analysis of the final passed bill with amendments in the coming days.
2. After an invitation for NECA to testify before the House Small Business Committee, Mr. Bob D’Agostino of D’Agostino Electric Services, a member of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter arrived in Washington, DC earlier this week. While preparing for the hearing on “America Infrastructure and the Small Business Perspective,” the weather event in DC delayed Mr. D’Agostino’s testimony and the hearing was postponed. His testimony centered around the need for greater direct federal infrastructure spending, increased contracting reform, and the need to address the workforce shortage affecting the construction industry.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA’s profile on Capitol Hill continues to grow with this being the first of multiple anticipated hearings. Mr. D’Agostino’s written and oral statements was sure to be well received as members of the House Small Business Committee collectively remain committed to understanding the role of small business in the infrastructure conversation.
3. The General Service Administration (GSA), the Federal government agency tasked with managing the federal government’s massive real estate and procurement portfolio, recently invited NECA to participate as the sole specialty contractor organization on a panel aimed at educating their contracting officers and other employees on best practices in the bidding process. This panel, known as reverse-training, has been shown to be an excellent way for NECA to impact GSA’s understanding of best practices. Mr. David Singleton, Vice President of Preconstruction for Singleton Electric, and member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter has been selected to participate on this panel.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The panel has been scheduled for April 10 and will be the first of a series of such trainings taking place at various locations across the country. NECA is encouraged by the willingness of GSA to understand the perspectives of contractors in the bidding process and looks forward to working with their staff to make this a beneficial education experience.